WATCH | Audi RS3 sets a new lap record at the Nürburgring

04 August 2021 - 09:44 By Motoring Reporter

The new 2021 Audi RS3 has blitzed around Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife in a time of 7:40.74 – a new lap record in the compact segment. Audi Sport racing and development driver Frank Stippler clocked this impressive time in a standard RS3 Sedan fitted with the optional Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tyres, the pressures of which were adjusted to better suit the demands of the 20.85km circuit. This allowed him to beat the previous compact segment lap record (held by the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R) by a full 4.64 seconds.

“I’m proud of the whole team. Everyone worked hard for this day,” says Audi RS3 technical project leader Marvin Schwätter when the record time appeared on the board. “When we started development, we didn’t know just how quickly our compact sports car would really be on the Nordschleife,” he explains. “But over the course of endurance testing, we determined that we could reach very good times and set a new record,” he concludes. 

Audi Sport racing and development driver Frank Stippler gives a thumbs-up after the fact.
Audi Sport racing and development driver Frank Stippler gives a thumbs-up after the fact.
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The 2021 Audi RS3 sees the debut of the firm's “RS Torque Splitter” rear differential, that can distribute power between the rear wheels depending on the driver mode selected. In “Dynamic Mode” this system will apply more torque to the outside rear wheel for enhanced traction and stability. In “RS Torque Rear Mode” it will send 100% of available torque to the outside wheel, making the RS3 more tail-happy that it's ever been before.

“In general, the new RS3 is much more agile when driving from the middle of the curve to its end and when accelerating out of the curve,” said German race ace Stippler. “For me, the torque splitter is a quantum leap in terms of agile driving.”

In terms of local availability, Audi has confirmed that the new RS3 Sportback and Sedan models will be touching down on our shores during the second half of 2022. Pricing and final specifications will be confirmed closer to that time.